Has your dog reacted badly to 'Cytopoint' injection (new anti-itch shot)

linda2147

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all medications have side effects Your dog may or may not improve, many dogs have died after having this killer shot. I hope it works out well for y you Ask your vet for some propetalin, or get it online. that will help with his upset stomach
 

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Dorly Wick

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Our Wire-hair Fox terrier Bentley has already received 10 Cytopoint injections (within the last 2,5 years) for itchy and crusty ears that often develop into ear infections. They seem to work for him immediately and we also notice his demeanor changing for the better right away. Last October he received his Rabies shot along with his Cytopoint shot (he doesn’t get any other vaccines, only titers). In February, 4 months after that, he has a nail injury that required removal of the nail. We thought it was an accident, but noticed later that other nails were splitting, tearing and growing crooked. Two months after the first nail injury and 6 months after the Rabies shot we went back for another Cytopoint shot. Again he has a good response and his ears recover almost immediately. The vet thinks his nail problems are a sign of a deficiency and recommends we return to the Zignature kibble instead of the Darwin raw food. I am now wondering if this has to either do with the long term Cytopoint shots affecting his nail growth, or possibly an autoimmune disease (SLO) caused by the Rabies shot or a combination. I’ve already had a dog that passed away within months of his Rabies shot with Cancer ,and surely they put the same foreign animal tissue and adjuvants in canine vaccines as they add to our human vaccines. I read elsewhere on SLO posts that 500mg Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) helps, so will start him on that.
 

linda2147

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my sister has a dog with SLO that is an anutoamuine disease and has nothing to do with the cycopoint shot, she never gave her the shotl. The vet recommended removing the nails but due to her age its not safe to put her under but she has to take her about once a month to have the nails cut which is painful for her because the nails grow into the pad
 

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My 4.5 yr old GSD received 3 or 4 Cytopoint shots, about 3 months apart in 2019. I had to euthanize him Feb 12th of 2020. I was told the shot was safe, no side affects. After his last shot I had him back to the vet for front leg lameness within 2 days. That weekend he was in the emergency room with severe body soreness. Had him in the week after that because his back was arched and he was moving weird in his back legs. He saw 5 different vets in my town and also had an mri in Minneapolis over the next 5 months. No one had an answer, he was tested 3 times for tick disease and negative all 3 times. He vomited the night before I took him in and would not eat. The next morning he vomited again and this time what came us was his breakfast from the morning before. Took him to the emergency vet clinic where he spent 11 days. They did ultrasounds, put him on fluids. He would barely eat for them the first few days and then quit eating. They said he was a mystery. I asked don’t you have like a think tank for vets where you can put in his history and get ideas. Finally one of the vets contacted an internist in Kansas City who suggested testing him for fungus. Well the test was taken along with a prostrate wash cause that was also inlarged. His kidneys values by this time we’re high even on fluids. Basically his kidneys were starting to fail. On the 9th day he started needing a sling for his back legs. He could no longer support himself. The 11th day the results came back. Invasive Aspergillus. I immediately picked him up and headed to Chicago where a specialist clinic could do dialysis. They did more testing and xrays. The xrays showed he had 9 spots on his spine and one spot had buckled. There was no way rhey could stabilize his spine. He had lost over 20 lbs total with approximately 13 lbs in the last week. The day after he was diagnosed I had no choice but to let him go. He was a beautiful working bred GSD that excelled in search and rescue, loved children and everyone even the vets with all their tests. I suspected the shot had something to do with him from the very beginning and we contacted the company and all they said was don’t give it to him again. At the veterinary specialist clinic they also said that they too believed the shot suppressed his immune system and allowed this fungal to take over. They have treated other dogs that the shot has affected.
I have researched invasive Aspergillus and found that it is basically everywhere, on your clothes, in your house outside. A healthy body kills it and has no problem. People that have organ transplants or people that take chemotherapy are at high risk for being infected because their immune system is compromised. The Cytopoint shot is a biological and does suppress the immune system!
 

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linda2147

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I'm so sorry you lost your boy . Its so hard to loose them esespecially at a young age. Alll drugs have some side effects but this drug is a killer. I love and trust my vet but I never agree to anything new Vets listen to the companies and I do research before agreeing to anyghing.
 

Tisha

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I'm so sorry for everyone who has lost their fur child to this cytopoint injection.... My baby Zia just received the shot yesterday. She is a Teacup Yorkie (5lbs). She had some diarrhea today but she wanted to eat this morning and finished all her meal. She has eaten her snacks without issue as well. But I didn't do research because she seemed so miserable being so itchy. But after reading you posts I don't think I will give her he shot again. I'm so worried about her,

Again I'm sorry for your loss...
 

CatMom1994

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You must go a perfect pet doctor for best treatment
That would be a holistic vet. They know how to treat allergies without any kind of shot or junk food. Of course, you have to drive farther and pay a lot more unless you live near a veterinary college.
 

LindseyF89

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Alright well here I am, get ready for the longest post on this thread! Sorry in advance. Practically in tears because I don't know what to do. A little back story first....For 4 years my dog has been struggling with environmental allergies. My dearest Jada, she is a 10 year old beagle mix was given the Cytopoint shot 2 weeks ago. She was on Apoquel for over a year but I noticed as time went on it started to not work and after doing research I felt it was not good for her long term so I took her off of it. I tried several natural remedies which obviously didn't work. During the time she was off of the Apoquel her scratching got so bad to the point she had to practically live in a cone of shame. What a terrible way to live as a dog! So I went to social media and so many people recommended this Cytopoint shot. I contacted my vet and they thought it would be a good idea. I wish now that I saw this thread, I also wish I asked those people that had good reviews about it how long they have been giving it to their dog. In any event, I may ramble here as I am not sure any of this information is linked to one another.

2 years ago my vet noticed that my dogs liver levels were elevated significantly. She suspected Cushings, tested negative for it. (Now I wonder if it was apoquel related). She has continued to have elevated liver levels over the course of two years and the doctor thought it was just due to her age. We monitored it and she never had any bad side effects and all her other levels were fine. Fast forward....

Yesterday I get home from work (remember exactly 2 weeks from the first Cytopoint shot) my dog seems fine....she goes out to the bathroom comes inside and I can just tell she isn't comfortable. Her tail is tucked and she barely wanted to go up the stairs or get on the bed. All night long she was restless and uncomfortable. She would lay down and get up 30 seconds later to switch spots. She was panting a little bit. The next morning she did not want to eat, she did go to the bathroom normally but you could still tell she was uncomfortable. Her abdomen was tight and she just did not feel good. I normally take my dogs to Banfield, never again! I called another vet today who got her in this afternoon. She took some X-Rays and did a full blood work up. The vet suspects Pancreatitis but is unsure until we get an ultrasound done (coming soon). The full blood work up showed her liver levels went down about 300 which is good. It is interesting she has been off the Apoquel for 4 weeks now...coincidence?

I am at a crossroads here. I do not know what is causing my dog to have this reaction randomly yesterday. She had no reactions after the Cytopoint shot but as I see several people here mention it works wonders at first and then the second shot is when the nightmare happens. I am PETRIFIED. She is supposed to go in 2 weeks for her second shot. Without it, she is literally miserable, cannot be a dog and lives in a cone of shame. I do not know if Cytopoint has caused her to act the way she is or if maybe she has another issue going on (elevated liver levels for 2 years). Does anyone here have any other options for severe allergies? I am not at all opposed to taking her off Cytopoint if there is something else better that works. I just really need some advice. I feel like im honestly screwed either way at this point.\

FYI, she is home now. They have her on gabapentin and a low fat diet while I monitor her for the night. If she gets worse I need to take her to the emergency vet for monitoring. I have had her for 10 years and she is my baby. Both myself and her brother would not know what we would do without her.

Thanks in advance!

-Lindsey
 

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LindseyF89

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I'm so sorry for everyone who has lost their fur child to this cytopoint injection.... My baby Zia just received the shot yesterday. She is a Teacup Yorkie (5lbs). She had some diarrhea today but she wanted to eat this morning and finished all her meal. She has eaten her snacks without issue as well. But I didn't do research because she seemed so miserable being so itchy. But after reading you posts I don't think I will give her he shot again. I'm so worried about her,

Again I'm sorry for your loss...
Did you end up giving a second shot? How is Zia doing? I am at the same point with my dog right now.
 

linda2147

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check the ratings and reviews on banfield, stay away from them. I assume she has enviromental allergiesw? Get some unscented baby wipes, wipe her face, her feet and her belly everytime she comes inside, this will get off as much of the aallergins as possible. This will help with her scratching. No vet will tell you this but get a bottle of colloidal silver mix it with water and spray the dog all over sever times a day, silver is a natural anti biotic and will kill any bacteria that is on her skin.

If she has pancreatisis she will be put on a strick diet, NO fats of any kind as that aggravates it, This is not an easy thing to deal with. If you notice that she gets constipated get some metamisil "cookies" give her a couple of squares a day, she needs the fiber and may have a little trouble adjusting to the new diet. You can also ask your vet for propectalin or you can get it at Amazon, if she licks her lips and acts restless her stomach is upset, this will help a lot.

and what you can do is get some unscented baby wipes, wipe her face, belly and feet everytime she coem
 
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ashwed

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we lost our sweet maltipoo after his 4th shot of cytopoint. given last thursday and then fever, lethargy and then vomiting / diarrhea almost 5 days lost injection. then anorexia. we syringe fed him bone broth, water and baby food. he vomited early this am and began seizing. i held him as he died. we are crushed. i effectively killed him with this medicine. my heart is shattered and my head is aching with the reality of his death. i’m sick.
 

ashwed

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so sorry you lost your dog, another victum of this killer drug
thank you 💙 the pet funeral home just picked him up for cremation. we washed him and blow dried his beautiful fur and spent time holding him. i’m sick over this and filled with guilt. my sweet teddy is gone and i am racked with grief. the pix below is on the day his was given the injection. 9 days later he’s dead. 55DA8BCE-129D-4AC1-88D2-29F8DC784DA5.jpeg
 

linda2147

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I'm sure you are, its so hard to loose them no matter what the cause. He looks like he was a real sweetheart. he's gone from your sight but he will always live on in your heart. When the time comes you feel ready to get another dog don't feel like its trying to replace him, it will just make a new place of his own.
 

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@ashwed , he was a beautiful dog, so sorry for your loss, I know your heart is hurting. May he rest peacefully.
 

ashwed

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I'm sure you are, its so hard to loose them no matter what the cause. He looks like he was a real sweetheart. he's gone from your sight but he will always live on in your heart. When the time comes you feel ready to get another dog don't feel like its trying to replace him, it will just make a new place of his own.
thank you. my heart is just broken. waking without him... life feels empty.
 

ashwed

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@ashwed , he was a beautiful dog, so sorry for your loss, I know your heart is hurting. May he rest peacefully.
thank you; he was so handsome. he was a hurricane harvey rescue and found in a dump living off trash and severely abused. it took almost 2 years to fully rehabilitate him and now when he should be living his best life... he’s dead. i am wrecked.
 

daebreyk

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Hi all. Just joined here as I was looking for information on Cytopoint experiences since my dog is in the middle of his seasonal outbreak and I'm trying desperately to stay away from drugs. Adding my experience here for anyone else in the same predicament. Apologies in advance for the length:

My dog’s name is Daryl. According to wisdom panel, he’s 87% American Staffy and 13% American bulldog. He is a neutered male who is almost 5 years old. I’ve had him for almost four years. I live on the north side of Chicago. When I first got him in February 2017, he had no allergies, but as our first summer together progressed, he started having small welts and would lick his paws and scratch at his face. He was put on Apoquel for the first summer, but it began losing its effectiveness towards the end. I then transitioned him to a partially raw diet (raw at night, kibble in the morning) and that seemed to reduce his outbreak so that it only lasted a couple months versus the almost 6 months he had it initially. I kept him on Apoquel for a month or two during the summers, but it stopped working entirely and I didn’t want to keep it up anyway given the warnings about long-term use.

Last year on August 28th when the licking and scratching returned full force, we tried the cytopoint shot. Nine days later, September 6, he had an upset stomach and was vomiting and unable to keep food down. I fasted him for a day then fed him a bland diet for a few days, with varying degrees of success. He didn’t improve until he went on Cerenia and continued the bland diet for a week or more. I can’t say if it was related to the shot or not since it happened so far from the date of the shot, but I couldn’t pinpoint anything else that would have caused it and he’s not had these issues before. For the most part, aside from that, the shot seemed to help with his itching, though he seemed to have more ear funk after the shot. He only had the one shot and it got him through the 2019 season.

All that said, before the shot, he was hovering in weight around 78 lbs. Since the shot, nothing has changed as far as his diet, but he hovers around 83 lbs (he was 85 lbs the last time I weighed him). I have been cutting down his food and increasing his exercise, but the only way he lost 2.5 lbs was when we were walking more than 14 miles every weekend (plus 4-5 mile walks every weekday). When that was not sustainable due to the hot summer we’ve been having, he quickly gained it back. He honestly doesn’t eat that much (12-14 ounces of raw at night and ¾ cup of kibble with pumpkin in the morning). Of course, there are treats here and there, but fewer than he used to get, and I still can’t get his weight down. His blood work was fine when I last had it checked in November 2019. His allergies are getting bad again and I’m trying to treat it holistically with baths and wipes and such because even though everyone says weight gain is not a side effect, I feel like it messed up his system somehow. I saw a couple other people mention weight gain online so maybe I’m not completely off base… something to consider before going down the Cytopoint road and the main reason I'm staying away from it.
 

linda2147

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instead of mixing kibble with the raw use ground up green beans, not canned, frozen or fresh, this will add bulk to his diet but very few calories and he will loose weight. Feeding raw he should be getting two or three percent of his body weight divided into two meals. Don't forget to add the right additives to a raw diet, get some honest kitchen add 1/4 cup mixed with equal warm water, let it sit and mix with the raw food this is all the "greens" he needs in his diet, Also add 1 tablespoon of missing ; link for skin and coat, this is all the vitamins and minerals he might be missing in his diet.

get some unscented baby wipes and wipe his feet, belly and face every time he comes inside. this will get off the i irritants he's getting from outside. Also get a bottle of liquid colloidial silver , mix it half and half with water and put it in a spray bottle and spray his body a couple of times a day.

My nephew has a white pitbull and this is what I told him to do and no more itching.
 

MonicaD

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Hello everyone,
I’m so very sorry for all those who have lost babies to this awful drug. My Anna is a 2.5 year old Golden Retriever. She has no health issues except occasional yeast infections in her ears. Our vet said allergies were probably to blame because her paws were red and she was chewing on them. So he recommended Prednisone.
I took Prednisone for allergies in May 2020 and it made me feel awful. A google search told me it made dogs feel awful too so I opted for the Cytopoint injection because my vet said it had “almost No side effects and was great”
Now I’m terrified. Anna has been a little lethargic but is still getting up to play and eating and drinking. I noticed her being clingy with my husband after the first day, which she isn’t usually. That’s what prompted me to search reviews on this drug.
it’s been 3 days since the injection. I’m watching her closely and I’ll update after a while, hopefully with good news. I really wish I hadn’t gotten the shot for her.
 

linda2147

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chewing the feet and groin area and ear infections are signs of allergies. Some dogs do ok with the shot but many don't. for yeast infections in her ears put two drops of colloidal silver in each ear a couple of times a week. for allergy symtoms read my post above. before giving any more shots or medications try going the natural route.
 

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My dog has a dermatitis on his eyelid. The vet put him on an antibiotic ointment for his eyelid first then a week later gave him a Cytopoint shot. He is having some problems hearing now. He also seems to be more lethargic (maybe because he can't hear as well). It seems to have occurred after the Cytopoint shot. Has anyone had a problem with Cytopoint causing hearing loss? Thanks.
 

Monica D

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Hi again, just an update. It is just shy of a month since Anna got the cutopoint injection. It doesn’t seem to have done anything to her, positive or negative. She was lethargic and clingy for a few days then nothing, she was back to normal. Her allergies are still here so we’re trying the natural route. I am so grateful that she’s okay. I will continue to advise against this drug and hope to it significantly improved or taken off the market.
 

DAISYRIP

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Mothers dog Daisy just past away today 10/8/2020 around 2:00pm after recieving her first shot of Cytopoint round 1pm
 


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